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SYNOPSIS

It’s the year 2446, and the first three Horsemen of Revelation’s Apocalypse have ridden.

Pestilence, War and Famine have changed the world into a dictatorship ruled with an iron fist. Commoners have few rights, and liberty is a distant memory.

Before the final Horseman is released, the Archangel of Mercy – Tzadkiel – makes a bold plea, asking for permission to find even one human who remembers the meaning

Taking human form and coming to Earth, he finds a place ruled by greed, hatred and fear. With time running out and Death growing impatient, can Tzadkiel find what he’s looking for… and how much will he need to sacrifice?

REVIEW 4/5 STARS

Tzadkiel the Archangel of Mercy has taken human form. The first three horsemen of the Apocalypse have already ridden across the earth. Only death remains. Tzadkiel has 100 years to find one person in all the world who still remembers the meaning of mercy. Lourdes is a scullery maid working under cruel masters. Nightly she hears screams coming from a tower outside her window. She cannot bear to hear someone suffer so and her destiny may just change the fate of the world.

A quick warning before reading the book. Misericorde does have scenes of vividly described torture so it may not be for the faint of heart or those with a weak stomach for such descriptions.

The world build by Cynthia A. Morgan is impressive. The idea of having the first three horsemen already released puts the stakes for the interaction between the characters incredibly high. Lourdes is an easily likable character and her plight was intriguing. Tzadkiel, despite being captured shows impressive strength through resisting the temptation to give in to pain although he is constantly tortured. There are also some flashbacks to a family in the past that met the first of the horsemen with kindness. It was interesting to see how these backstories related to the main story.

There was a bit more focus on the torture than some readers will be comfortable with and it would have been nice to get a little more character development in place of that. However, the amount of cruelty shown does make it seem that mercy may have truly faded from the earth.

The story concludes nicely while still setting up for the next book in the series. It will be interesting to see where Morgan takes it from here.

If you enjoy fast-paced dystopian novels that have a religious component to them, this book is highly recommended.

Mercifully yours,

Slick Dungeon

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